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'Back to bed': Local school celebrates snow day


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- To the students at Zeeland Public Schools: "Go back to bed, it's a snow day."

Staff at Zeeland's Cityside Middle School ditched the books and hopped in the snow Tuesday, Jan. 12, to launch their first snow day video -- set to the tune of "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."

More than 40 teachers and staff took part in its production on Nov. 20, 2015, and they've been anxiously waiting for months to finally use it, spokeswoman Ginger Smith said. 

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Woman, 19, wins $1M at Holland gas station


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- One lucky person woke up as a millionaire in West Michigan.

The Michigan Lottery website reports the Speedway gas station at 800 Washington Ave. in Holland sold a $1 million ticket. It matched each of the five white balls -- 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 -- but not the Powerball, which was 13.

She's been identified as 19-year-old Imari Shelton, according to lottery officials.

Matching all six numbers would have payed out a $949.8 million jackpot.

Towing company on snow: 'Pennies from heaven'


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snowstorms, like the one expected Monday night, make roads slippery and dangerous. Local towing companies got a taste of that during the weekend and Monday morning, in the midst of what they consider the first major snow storm of the year to significantly impact drivers.

By 9 a.m. Monday, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department responded to 15 crashes countywide. There were another 15 to 20 incidents in Ottawa County, according to dispatch officials.

Holland police need help finding robbery suspect


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are seeking the public's help to track down a robber on the run.

Officers responded shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday to the Family Fare Quick Stop gas station, located at 1149 S. Washington Ave., following a report of a robbery, according to a news release.

The suspect implied to the clerk that he had a weapon. He demanded an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running away from the station.

Police describe the suspect as a male, 20-30 years old, about 6-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket or sweatshirt, black scarf, gray or brown pants and black gloves.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1150 or Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536. People also can text OCMTIP with their message to 274637.

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Police searching for man who robbed Holland video store


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a man who robbed a video store near West 17th Street and Diekema Ave. in Holland.

The suspect took off from the store on foot.

A police canine traced the suspect to an area of 20th and Diekema but, he ultimately did not catch him.

The suspect implied he had a weapon during the robbery, but one was not seen by the clerk.

Shanghai Grill and Bar opens in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A high-end Chinese restaurant opened for business Wednesday in Holland.

The Shanghai Grill and Bar is located on East 32nd Street near US-31.

The restaurant held its grand opening Wednesday morning, which included some traditional Chinese lion dancing.

Shangai Grill and Bar serves lunch and dinner and has a dine-in and take out menu.

It's open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Michelle Bombe of Hope College Faculty to Receive Prestigious Award in Theatre Education

HOLLAND – Michelle Bombe of the Hope College theatre faculty has been selected to receive the 2016 Kennedy Center Medallion from Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) on Saturday, Jan. 9.

As explained by the KCACTF, the medallion honors “individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre. It is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.”